Oxygenator safety evaluation: a focus on connection grip strength and arterial temperature measurement accuracy

Richard Newland, Robert Baker, Andrew Sanderson, Sigrid Tuble, Phillip Tully

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    Abstract

    This report describes the assessment of three specific safety-related specifications in the consideration of an alternate oxygenator; first the grip strength relationship between various oxygenator connectors and SMARxT® tubing, second, the grip strength of various biopassive tubings and an isolated SMARxT® connector, and finally, the accuracy of the arterial outlet temperature measurement. Grip strength experiments for the connections between the SMARxT® tubing and the venous reservoir outlet and the oxygenator venous inlet and oxygenator arterial outlet of the Medtronic Affinity®, Sorin Synthesis®, Sorin Primox®, and Terumo Capiox® RX25 oxygenators were performed. In addition we compared the grip strength of polyvinyl chloride, Physio®, Trillium®, Carmeda®, X-Coating®, and SMARxT® tubing. The accuracy of the integrated arterial outlet temperature probes was determined by comparing the temperatures measured by the integrated probe with a precision reference thermometer. Connector grip strength comparisons for the evaluation oxygenators with SMARxT® tubing showed significant variation between oxygenators and connections (p =.02). Evaluation of the arterial outlet showed significant variation between evaluation oxygenators, while at the venous reservoir outlet and oxygenator inlet, there were no significant differences. Grip strength comparison data for the various tubing types demonstrated a main effect for tubing type F(5, 18) = 8.01, p =.002, ηp 2 =.77. Temperature accuracy measurements demonstrated that all oxygenators overread the arterial outlet temperature at 15oC, whilst at temperatures ≥25oC, all oxygenators underread the arterial outlet temperature. The integrity of SMARxT® tubing connection is influenced by the connector type, and may decline over time, highlighting the importance to not consider interchanging components of the bypass circuit as inconsequential.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)53-59
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Extracorporeal Technology
    Volume44
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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